Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has been praised by West Ham boss David Moyes following his on-the-pitch confrontation with Spurs teammate Son Heung-min in their Premier League win last night.
Spurs, who went into the game on the back of a dismal 3-1 loss at Sheffield United, hosted a resurgent Everton, who had won their last two and held Liverpool to a draw in their three matches post-restart.
Tottenham took the lead in the 24th minute, with Michael Keane deflecting Giovani Lo Celso’s shot past Jordan Pickford, and retained that advantage come half time.
As the players were walking towards the tunnel, Lloris ran towards Son and exchanged some stern words with his teammate after the latter failed to track an Everton run before the break.
The duo appeared fine with each other in the second half as Tottenham hung on to their lead against a toothless Everton side, the three points edging Spurs up to eighth in the table.
Jose Mourinho described the altercation as “beautiful” as it showed passion and commitment, and Moyes also said he “enjoyed” what he saw from the £8million man.
“Players really care,” Moyes is quoted by Football London as saying. “If they see something wrong, they care. Digging people out is a dying art.
“I think Jose said it was great and watching it, I enjoyed it as well. Even without the passion and support there, the players were showing it on the pitch.”
Although on-the-pitch confrontations between teammates can appear concerning to some fans, they’re not something to worry about too much (unless they verge into Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer territory, of course).
Lloris – who has had his fair share of criticism over the past few years – showed leadership, passion and commitment, and given the outcome was a much-needed victory, particularly in wake of the Blades horror show, it didn’t seem to have done any harm.